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CME participates in launch of Global Commerce Strategy consultations

Published by Stephanie Brooks on August 14, 2012

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) took part in today's launch of consultations with industry and business leaders to revitalize the federal government's Global Commerce Strategy. CME's Divisional Vice President of Nova Scotia, Ann Janega, attended today's announcement in Halifax alongside Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast.

The upcoming discussions will focus on aligning Canada's trade and investment objectives in priority markets, and ensuring Canada remains a top destination for young talent.

"Attracting the best and brightest to Canada, deepening the ties between Canadian and international educational institutions, and highlighting Canada's research excellence abroad are key to Canada's long-term prosperity," says Minister Fast.

More than 60 CME members and several association partners will be taking part in the consultations across the country.

The Global Commerce Strategy was launched in 2007 to grow opportunities for Canadian businesses and provide a plan for open trade, job creation and prosperity. The cross-country consultations will take place in Montréal, then Toronto, followed by Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa.

The current Strategy spurred new free trade agreements with nine countries and introduced new foreign investment promotion and protection agreements with 11 nations. The next phase is to be announced in 2013.

CME President & CEO, Jayson Myers, is a government advisor on the federal Global Commerce Strategy.

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